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Heartbreak: Powdered alcohol might not be coming soon after all

Is it really too much to ask of science to give us a way to get a buzz on without needing to pee twice an hour? (I know, I know. I mean a legal way.)

I want to work within the system. But the next time I miss third-and-long in the fourth quarter because I was forced to have a six-pack instead of sprinkling Vodka dust on my nachos, I’m going to start thinking outside the box.

A product called “Palcohol” gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, said in an email to The Associated Press late Monday that the approvals were issued in error

“An oversight of this nature does not ring true to me,” [lawyer Robert] Lehrman said in a phone interview. He suggested that the bureau may have heard back from lawmakers wanting more information on the powdered alcohols.

The Palcohol homepage insists that the substance has still been approved, that it’s merely the labeling that the TTB has a problem with. (“[T]here seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level, how much powder is in the bag.”) On the other hand, it notes drily that the time frame for approving labels “can vary widely,” i.e. if Lehrman’s right that the TTB has gotten cold feet after all the media attention, they can use the labeling process to hold this up for a good long while.

Frankly, the feds may be the least of Palcohol’s problems.

“I would expect ferocious opposition from whatever incumbent industries are adversely affected, in direct proportion to the threat, and these are not small industries,” Lehrman said. “In most states, it’s mandatory to sell spirits through a licensed wholesaler; many of these are big and conservative businesses with a lot invested in the status quo. It’s hard to imagine a state agency being quick to put this in stores.”…

Phillips and Palcohol are sure to face other issues involving packaging and marketing, Lehrman said, as well as various state and federal agencies who may seek to ban it. And that doesn’t even include the challenge of obtaining liability insurance.

“I really think you should call a good insurance expert and see how loud they laugh about insuring a product like this,” Lehrman said.

In other words, Palcohol’s going to have the same problem in some states as Tesla had in New Jersey. Their direct sales model threatened car dealerships, so the car dealers got their lobbyists involved and poof — Tesla’s effectively banned in a state that nonetheless has a high demand for luxury cars. If Palcohol starts cutting too deeply into wholesalers’ and manufacturers’ bottom lines, it’ll also either be banned or have its regulatory costs driven up to the point of unviability. This is why we can’t have nice things. The next time someone mentions “crony capitalism,” I want you to picture yourself doing a line of Palcohol off the hood of your brand new Model S. In a truly free America, it could happen. Heaven is for real.

Here’s Kennedy, host of Fox Business’s new libertarian show “The Independents,” encouraging everyone to calm down already.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/22/heartbreak-powdered-alcohol-might-not-be-coming-soon-after-all/


Heartbreak: Powdered alcohol might not be coming soon after all

Is it really too much to ask of science to give us a way to get a buzz on without needing to pee twice an hour? (I know, I know. I mean a legal way.)

I want to work within the system. But the next time I miss third-and-long in the fourth quarter because I was forced to have a six-pack instead of sprinkling Vodka dust on my nachos, I’m going to start thinking outside the box.

A product called “Palcohol” gained widespread attention online in recent days after it was reported that the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the powdered alcohol, including vodka and rum varieties. But a representative for the federal bureau, Tom Hogue, said in an email to The Associated Press late Monday that the approvals were issued in error

“An oversight of this nature does not ring true to me,” [lawyer Robert] Lehrman said in a phone interview. He suggested that the bureau may have heard back from lawmakers wanting more information on the powdered alcohols.

The Palcohol homepage insists that the substance has still been approved, that it’s merely the labeling that the TTB has a problem with. (“[T]here seemed to be a discrepancy on our fill level, how much powder is in the bag.”) On the other hand, it notes drily that the time frame for approving labels “can vary widely,” i.e. if Lehrman’s right that the TTB has gotten cold feet after all the media attention, they can use the labeling process to hold this up for a good long while.

Frankly, the feds may be the least of Palcohol’s problems.

“I would expect ferocious opposition from whatever incumbent industries are adversely affected, in direct proportion to the threat, and these are not small industries,” Lehrman said. “In most states, it’s mandatory to sell spirits through a licensed wholesaler; many of these are big and conservative businesses with a lot invested in the status quo. It’s hard to imagine a state agency being quick to put this in stores.”…

Phillips and Palcohol are sure to face other issues involving packaging and marketing, Lehrman said, as well as various state and federal agencies who may seek to ban it. And that doesn’t even include the challenge of obtaining liability insurance.

“I really think you should call a good insurance expert and see how loud they laugh about insuring a product like this,” Lehrman said.

In other words, Palcohol’s going to have the same problem in some states as Tesla had in New Jersey. Their direct sales model threatened car dealerships, so the car dealers got their lobbyists involved and poof — Tesla’s effectively banned in a state that nonetheless has a high demand for luxury cars. If Palcohol starts cutting too deeply into wholesalers’ and manufacturers’ bottom lines, it’ll also either be banned or have its regulatory costs driven up to the point of unviability. This is why we can’t have nice things. The next time someone mentions “crony capitalism,” I want you to picture yourself doing a line of Palcohol off the hood of your brand new Model S. In a truly free America, it could happen. Heaven is for real.

Here’s Kennedy, host of Fox Business’s new libertarian show “The Independents,” encouraging everyone to calm down already.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/22/heartbreak-powdered-alcohol-might-not-be-coming-soon-after-all/


John Kerry: Let’s face it, things were simpler during the Cold War

Here’s what he means by “simpler”:

“The choices were less varied, less complicated, more stark, more clear: Communism, democracy, West, East, the Iron Curtain.”

He said “multiple emerging powers,” unleashed forces like radical Islam, and “too many failed states” have dramatically complicated the landscape, requiring a form of diplomatic precision that was not absolutely necessary decades ago.

In the post-war 1950s and 1960s, Kerry said, “we could make really bad decisions and still win, because we were pretty much the sole dominant economic and military power around.

“It’s not true any more.”

Good question from PJ Media blogger/Hot Air alumnus Bryan Preston. If things were simpler then, how come so many leftists got them wrong?

Kerry supported the 1980s nuclear freeze movement, which was Soviet-funded in the West and aimed to disarm the free world of our nuclear deterrent. Ted Kennedy was working with the Soviets behind Reagan’s back, according to his KGB files. Numerous Democrats actually believed that Ronald Reagan was more of a threat to the world than any Soviet premier.

For his part, Kerry even got the war he fought in wrong. Vietnam was about containing international communism. He made it about smearing his fellow soldiers, with all that “Jenghis Ghan” stuff. When America abandoned Vietnam, as Kerry wanted, the communists went on a rampage and killed hundreds of thousands over the next several years.

The world is safer now than it was during the Cold War and nearly everywhere violence is in decline, which, if you specialize in diplomacy, I suppose does make your job harder. In the past, the threat of global nuclear war would have made Russia think twice about pushing too far west. Nowadays, as more international conflict is channeled into diplomatic standoffs, more subtle deterrents are required. I’d call that progress, if only for reasons of self-interest, but the thought of Waffles having to work longer hours than earlier secretaries of state does make me sad. Another key reason things were “simpler” during the Cold War is the white-knuckle terror felt by countries throughout Eurasia that the Red Army might suddenly show up in their capitals one day. It wasn’t so much America’s power that bought carte blanche for U.S. diplomats as it was Soviet power and the fear it generated in nonaligned states. When the USSR fell apart and that fear started to fade, so did some of the incentive among U.S. allies to cooperate with us.

But here’s the “good” news. Given how easy it was for Putin to seize Crimea and how little he seems to care about Obama’s latest “red line” for eastern Ukraine, you may start seeing some of the old jitters about Russia creep back into the foreign-poilicy calculations of European and Asian states. And that’ll make things “easier” for Kerry. In fact, maybe that’s O’s international legacy: He presided over Russia’s return to menacing-superpower status, which in turn launched Cold War II and made things “simple” for the State Department. That’s change you can believe it.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/22/john-kerry-lets-face-it-things-were-simpler-during-the-cold-war/


AP reporter to State Dep’t spokesman: Seriously, can you identify a single accomplishment since 2010?

Via Joe Schoffstall and Noah Rothman, the reporter in question is Matt Lee and no, this isn’t the first time he’s been, shall we say, unimpressed with an answer from State. The “QDDR” he mentions is the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a self-audit by State every four years of its long-term goals abroad and how it’s doing in meeting them. The very first QDDR was published in 2010 after it was ordered by — ta da — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. What makes this question significant, in other words, isn’t that Lee is so combative with spokesman Jen Psaki or that Psaki’s as stumped as the rest of us are when forced to name a Hillary accomplishment. What makes it significant is that, I suspect, the QDDR will itself be cited by Team Hillary next year when they’re asked to list her achievements. The mere fact that she ordered the review, whether or not State learned anything from it, will be submitted as proof that she’s Ready To Lead. Remember this exchange when it happens.

While we’re looking ahead, here’s David Frum anticipating the rest of the Clinton 3.0 strategy, specifically as it applies to the “is she too old?” question:

Hillary Clinton is not the victim of a double standard. She is the beneficiary of a double standard…

[A] question that commentators generally agreed was relevant in 1984, 1996 and 2008 is a question that Hillary Clinton supporters now deem insulting, offensive and unfair to women…

Hillary Clinton asks two things of us. On the one hand, she wants to be judged exactly as we’d judge a similarly accomplished man in politics. On the other hand, she wants us always to remember that the hopes of all womankind are fixed on whether she personally gets the job she wants…

In that one highly specific sense, then, the Hillary Clinton standard is always single: whatever it takes.

Enjoy this clip while you can, because starting around a year from now, it’ll be the very essence of sexism to ask a question like this.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/22/ap-reporter-to-state-dept-spokesman-seriously-can-you-identify-a-single-accomplishment-since-2010/


John Kerry: Let’s face it, things were simpler during the Cold War

Here’s what he means by “simpler”:

“The choices were less varied, less complicated, more stark, more clear: Communism, democracy, West, East, the Iron Curtain.”

He said “multiple emerging powers,” unleashed forces like radical Islam, and “too many failed states” have dramatically complicated the landscape, requiring a form of diplomatic precision that was not absolutely necessary decades ago.

In the post-war 1950s and 1960s, Kerry said, “we could make really bad decisions and still win, because we were pretty much the sole dominant economic and military power around.

“It’s not true any more.”

Good question from PJ Media blogger/Hot Air alumnus Bryan Preston. If things were simpler then, how come so many leftists got them wrong?

Kerry supported the 1980s nuclear freeze movement, which was Soviet-funded in the West and aimed to disarm the free world of our nuclear deterrent. Ted Kennedy was working with the Soviets behind Reagan’s back, according to his KGB files. Numerous Democrats actually believed that Ronald Reagan was more of a threat to the world than any Soviet premier.

For his part, Kerry even got the war he fought in wrong. Vietnam was about containing international communism. He made it about smearing his fellow soldiers, with all that “Jenghis Ghan” stuff. When America abandoned Vietnam, as Kerry wanted, the communists went on a rampage and killed hundreds of thousands over the next several years.

The world is safer now than it was during the Cold War and nearly everywhere violence is in decline, which, if you specialize in diplomacy, I suppose does make your job harder. In the past, the threat of global nuclear war would have made Russia think twice about pushing too far west. Nowadays, as more international conflict is channeled into diplomatic standoffs, more subtle deterrents are required. I’d call that progress, if only for reasons of self-interest, but the thought of Waffles having to work longer hours than earlier secretaries of state does make me sad. Another key reason things were “simpler” during the Cold War is the white-knuckle terror felt by countries throughout Eurasia that the Red Army might suddenly show up in their capitals one day. It wasn’t so much America’s power that bought carte blanche for U.S. diplomats as it was Soviet power and the fear it generated in nonaligned states. When the USSR fell apart and that fear started to fade, so did some of the incentive among U.S. allies to cooperate with us.

But here’s the “good” news. Given how easy it was for Putin to seize Crimea and how little he seems to care about Obama’s latest “red line” for eastern Ukraine, you may start seeing some of the old jitters about Russia creep back into the foreign-poilicy calculations of European and Asian states. And that’ll make things “easier” for Kerry. In fact, maybe that’s O’s international legacy: He presided over Russia’s return to menacing-superpower status, which in turn launched Cold War II and made things “simple” for the State Department. That’s change you can believe it.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/22/john-kerry-lets-face-it-things-were-simpler-during-the-cold-war/


AP reporter to State Dep’t spokesman: Seriously, can you identify a single accomplishment since 2010?

Via Joe Schoffstall and Noah Rothman, the reporter in question is Matt Lee and no, this isn’t the first time he’s been, shall we say, unimpressed with an answer from State. The “QDDR” he mentions is the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, a self-audit by State every four years of its long-term goals abroad and how it’s doing in meeting them. The very first QDDR was published in 2010 after it was ordered by — ta da — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. What makes this question significant, in other words, isn’t that Lee is so combative with spokesman Jen Psaki or that Psaki’s as stumped as the rest of us are when forced to name a Hillary accomplishment. What makes it significant is that, I suspect, the QDDR will itself be cited by Team Hillary next year when they’re asked to list her achievements. The mere fact that she ordered the review, whether or not State learned anything from it, will be submitted as proof that she’s Ready To Lead. Remember this exchange when it happens.

While we’re looking ahead, here’s David Frum anticipating the rest of the Clinton 3.0 strategy, specifically as it applies to the “is she too old?” question:

Hillary Clinton is not the victim of a double standard. She is the beneficiary of a double standard…

[A] question that commentators generally agreed was relevant in 1984, 1996 and 2008 is a question that Hillary Clinton supporters now deem insulting, offensive and unfair to women…

Hillary Clinton asks two things of us. On the one hand, she wants to be judged exactly as we’d judge a similarly accomplished man in politics. On the other hand, she wants us always to remember that the hopes of all womankind are fixed on whether she personally gets the job she wants…

In that one highly specific sense, then, the Hillary Clinton standard is always single: whatever it takes.

Enjoy this clip while you can, because starting around a year from now, it’ll be the very essence of sexism to ask a question like this.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/22/ap-reporter-to-state-dept-spokesman-seriously-can-you-identify-a-single-accomplishment-since-2010/


Why I Disdain ALL Royalty

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L. A. Marzulli

Royal Baby Alert! Prince George Visits The Zoo And Everyone Swoons

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/20/prince-george_n_5180698.html

Article I, Section 9, Clause 8. No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.  http://www.heraldica.org/topics/usa/usnob.htm

I will most likely get some flack because of this post, but I’m going to forge ahead anyway.   Why is it that the knuckle heads in our media print this tripe?  While I have no animosity against the British “royals,” or their progeny, I do detest royalty and here’s why.   Why is Prince George any different from any other  baby his age?  Why should any American care?  We fought the American revolution to void ourselves from the concept of royalty.  (Check out Article I – above) However, articles like the one in the Huffington Post I linked to, put the royals on a pedestal.

I find it alarming that Americans seem to gravitate toward this.  The royal family lead a privileged life, as everything is provided for them.  They are doted on, bowed to, attend the best schools, live in extravagant castles, and are chauffeured in limousines.  Why, because someone long ago set up a system which has held the masses in bondage for hundreds of years.  Most Brits are OK with the Royals, but here in the states our founding fathers were repulsed by the concept and so much so, that they wrote against it in the Constitution.

In closing todays post:  Anyone in this country can rise through the ranks and become president, just take a look at who is in the oval office at present moment!  There is no king or queen here and I for one, applaud this.  Royalty, is a concept that should be done away with, as it affords the Kings stinking son to inherit the throne, when he has done little or nothing to inherit the position of leadership.  Royalty is a throwback to the Middle Ages and has no place in our modern society.  There is only one true king and at some point He will return.  To Him I will bow and do so with joy and humility!

L. A. Marzulli’s Speaking Schedule 2014

L. A. 2013 PHOTO 23New Years Eve! December 31 – Calvary Chapel Oceanside - Southern Cal. http://www.calvaryoceanside.org/upcoming-events/item/322-l-a-marzulli-2014.html

Watcher’s 7! Screening in Southern California - Saturday – Feb. 1st. 7:30 pm – Just Cause Motion Capture Stage – 4130 Del Rey Ave. Marina Del Rey!–done

February 21-22: Decoding the End Times Bible Conference! www.theprophecyforum.com–done

March 28-30: Prophecy In the News! Orlando www.prophecyinthenews.com –done

April 5 6 - Dominion Christian Centerhttps://www.facebook.com/dominioncc?ref=hl–done

April 25 -27: Behold the Days are Coming Conference http://www.412church.orgnext and upcoming–hope to see you there!

May 5-15: Peru tour with L. A. Marzulli Brein Foerster!

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July Conference with Pastor Caspar McCloud - Atlanta area – Details coming soon.

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October 3-4: Paradigm Symposium October 24-25: Strategic Trends with Chuck Missler - Details coming soon

November 7- 9: Tri State Prophecy Conference – W/ Gary Stearman Russ Dizdar

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In Other News: Tacking the Birth Pains!

Syria

http://www.debka.com/article/23857/New-Syrian-Iranian-chlorine-bombs-make-mockery-of-US-Russian-chemical-accord-and-UN-monitors

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Israel

http://www.timesofisrael.com/rockets-fired-from-gaza-explode-in-southern-israel/

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Shadow Government?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TGF63Zee38

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Suspected Terrorists?  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3665EtbEQA

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Antisemitism

http://www.sundayexpress.co.uk/news/world/471422/Jews-urged-to-flee-Ukraine-by-Holocaust-survivor

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Banker Suicides and now Murders?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-20/bnp-banker-his-wife-and-nephew-murdered-belgium

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Syria

http://news.antiwar.com/2014/04/18/syrian-rebel-car-bomb-kills-14-outside-homs-alawite-mosque/

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Modern tales of the Good Samaritan

Far too many of the stories we cover here, both in politics and current events, are simply sad, depressing or tragic. It’s the nature of the beast, I’m afraid. But Easter is a time of renewal and hope, and not all stories have unhappy endings. Here are a few modern day Good Samaritans from recent events who I hope will help recharge our collective faith in humanity.

Sometimes when a person sees evil in action, he is compelled to act.

Just after 4 p.m., a 54-year-old Sheboygan woman was leaving a business on N. 8th St. As she was putting items into her vehicle, the 28-year-old male suspect approached her from behind, grabbed her purse, and pulled her to the ground.

The suspect then ran from the scene.

A 55-year-old man driving past the area witnessed the suspect fleeing with the purse and followed him. When the suspect ran into a nearby yard, the good Samaritan parked his vehicle and began searching for the man.

The good Samaritan located the suspect in a yard, going through the stolen purse. The man then pursued, tackled and held down the suspect as officers arrived on scene.

Sheboygan police describe the man’s actions as both decisive and courageous.

When Janus Jurisoo was called a hero by local officials, he had just one response. “No I’m just a regular dude.”

A last minute change in lunch plans brought Janus to the CVS on the corner of Fruitville Road and Tuttle Avenue on Sunday. He decided to go kayaking and stopped by the store to buy water, only to find a crime in progress.

Sarasota Police say 65-year-old Freddie Johnson walked into the CVS with what appeared to be a gun in the pocket of his jacket, looking for prescription drugs.

“I saw him threatening the clerk in the front of the store with the gun. ‘I’m going to shoot you if you don’t stand still’ and all that stuff. When I entered he told me the same to shut up or I’ll shoot.” Janus adds.

As Johnson walked towards the pharmacy Janus told the clerk to call 911 and he began to follow Johnson. Janus says, “He was yelling put all the pills in a bag or I’ll shoot.”

Janos waits for Johnson to be distracted with the pills and then makes his move. “So I went grabbed his hand suppose to hold a gun took by the neck forced him down.”

“I told him not to resist to stay down or I’d punch him too,” says Janus. He says, “Police arrived quickly quick response I thank you for that.”

Not every hero rescues other people. Some rescue those who can’t ask for help themselves. When a family in Bluff City, Tennessee found an injured dog in their yard which had apparently been hit by a car, they contacted a business owner across the street to see if they might know who the owner was. She had a big heart.

“She came over to see him. The dog started wagging its tail,” Wanda said. “She seen its leg and she went all to pieces. She said, ‘I’m taking it on to get help. It’s not going to lay here in pain.’ ”

And the woman, who declined to be named or interviewed for the story, went to get her car.

“When she got back, he crawled to her car like he knew she was going to save him,” Wanda said. “It was just meant to be in my yard. He knew we’d get him help. You can’t let little defenseless animals suffer like that.”

The woman, who is being called “the Good Samaritan,” took the dog and brought him to the Appalachian Animal Hospital in nearby Piney Flats.

The dog, now dubbed Radar, spent the weekend at the facility. When the Good Samaritan returned Monday, she discovered Radar needed a very specialized surgery to fix his broken leg. Locally, the surgery could only be done by Dr. Ken Chamness, a veterinarian at Jonesborough Animal Hospital who specializes in orthopedic surgery for animals.

The initial vet stay came with a price tag of more than $500. The surgery, once completed, would cost another $1,000.

“She wants to give it a good life,” Wanda said. “I just felt really bad because it was in our yard and she game over and helped it, and it was a $1,500 expense.”

Just a few people who remind us that there’s still plenty of light left in the world. A joyous Easter to all of you.

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Article source: http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/20/modern-tales-of-the-good-samaritan/


Oklahoma will charge homeowners who generate their own power

A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy companies will be paying a fee for the privilege.

Utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines could face extra charges on their bills after legislation passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday.

Senate Bill 1456 passed 83-5 after no debate in the House. It passed the Senate last month and now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin for her approval.

The bill was supported by the state’s major electric utilities, but drew opposition from solar advocates, environmentalists and others. It sets up a process at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to establish a separate customer class and monthly surcharge for distributed generation such as rooftop solar or small wind turbines.

As Doug notes, the claimed reasons for the energy companies and their surrogates (who are behind the move) wanting these fees imposed are weak tea at best.

While I suppose there might be an argument for allowing utilities to recoup costs that are legitimately incurred from the practice of selling energy back to the grid, the idea of charging people extra for doing something that reduces their dependence on the grid while at the same time increasing the amount of energy available seems rather nonsensical. As the linked article goes on to note, these types of systems benefit energy companies by helping to reduce demand on the grid during peak hours and by increasing the amount of energy available during those periods. Given that, one would think that energy companies would want to encourage this sort of thing rather than backing measures like this which could potentiallly hamper it. It’s hard not to see this as an effort by the utility companies to hamper the competition that solar and wind generated energy provide them and, of course, to make sure that they still manage to make some money out of the deal.

There seem to be some activists who are far too quick to embrace this sort of legislation (currently on the table in a number of states) by conflating the issue with the many problems associated with the government getting involved in green energy initiatives. This is a false assertion which, in fact, runs contrary to conservative principles. It is a given that having Washington put their thumb on the scales and dump taxpayer dollars into energy technologies which are unproven or not ready for prime time has been an expensive and unmitigated failure. What this does not mean is that there is no useful application for these technologies anywhere, and small installations of solar, wind and micro-hydro generation have proven effective in private use. If you can exercise your own independence and initiative to supply your own energy, good for you! And if you can create more than you need and sell the excess for a profit, what is more conservative and capitalist than that?

Further, a resourceful person should be preparing to manage and maintain their own energy supplies. As both Erika and I have warned repeatedly, rafts of new regulations from Barack Obama’s EPA and pressure from eco-warriors is moving us toward potentially crippling shortages of energy on the grid. If enough coal fired plants are shut down prematurely, you may not be able to simply take it for granted that the lights will come on when you throw the switch some morning. People willing to make the investment in producing their own energy – as well as spreading the extra around – should be encouraged, not subjected to discouraging fees.

Besides, the total amount of power created by private distributed generation is miniscule compared to the total supply and demand on the grid. This is a giant using a shotgun to go after mosquitoes. So how do rules like this make their way into law? I’ll leave Doug with the last word on that one.

Of course, measures like this have nothing to do with “free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty” and everything to do with crony capitalism.

Yep.

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DNC chairwoman: What, politics influencing the president’s Keystone XL delay? Nahhh.

You’ve got to admit, she does an almost impressive job here deflecting David Gregory’s persistence, brazenly ignoring the reality of the situation, and walking that fine line between angering neither of the warring factions within her own party — just like the White House is doing on the issue. It couldn’t possibly be any more painfully obvious that the now once again delayed-through-the-election Keystone XL pipeline decision no longer has anything to do with the actual merits of the projects and that it is now all about appeasing the opposition from the small but well-monied and vociferously “green” wing of the Democratic donor class versus avoiding putting vulnerable Democrats from pro-energy states into a difficult spot. Quite the conundrum for the White House, really, but their talking-points robots are out on the job! Starting at around the 4:00 mark:

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The Passion of the Messiah – The Anointed One – The Christos…

The Passion of the Messiah – The Anointed One – The Christos…

Posted by lamarzulli on April 18, 2014

The-Passion-of-the-Christ-1Commentary Analysis

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L. A. 

And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.

Today is Good Friday.  Millions of Christians all over the world will honor what happened in the city of Jerusalem almost 2000 years ago.  Yashua ben Joseph—Jesus— was condemned to death and the crucified for the sins of the world, once for all time.   He was the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world and He triumphed over the god of the this world, The Fallen One, Satan, defeating him on Calvary.

What I want to discuss on this day is that Jesus knew what was about to take place, in regard to His death.  The Passage above is weeks before His scourging and crucifixion, yet He knows what is the future and is calling it out ahead of time to His disciples, warning of them of what is to come.

As a man He asked his Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, If there is a way to let this cup pass from me so be it, nevertheless your will be done….

As the Chosen one, the Messiah, He knew that without the shedding of His blood there could be no redemption from the sin that plagues and enslaves the human race.

We are told that darkness covered the land for three hours as Jesus hung on the cross.  When Jesus uttered His last words, It is finished, and gave up His spirit, there was a great earthquake, the Temple veil was torn in two and people saw the dead walking in the streets of Jerusalem.

The Fallen One believed he had finally defeated the Messiah and victory would now be his, mankind would be enslaved forever.  He couldn’t have been more wrong.

In closing todays short post:  Jesus labored in the Garden of Gethsemane, so much so that great drops of blood appeared on His forehead.  He knew what was going to take place only a few short hours away.  He knew what torment every lash would bring, yet He went to the cross anyway.

He is our redeemer, and He fulfilled many prophecies in a 24 hour period that can not be denied.

There are many who do not know about these prophecies and so I will list them below.  As you read them think about the statistical probability of them happening.  Coincidence?  I think not.  He was the Messiah and He will return as King soon.  Even so, come Lord Jesus….

(I will be flying home today from a week of research in the field. I’m on the Trail!)

 

Twenty-eight Prophecies Fulfilled On the Crucifixion Day

http://www.cbcg.org/franklin/SA/SA_28prophecies.pdf

On the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, all the prophecies concerning His suffering were fulfilled in every detail—a lasting testimony that Jesus truly is the Messiah.

The first prophecy, the oldest of all, had been given by God at the time of Adam and Eve’s sin: 1) The serpent would bruise the seed of the woman.

Prophesied: And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Gen. 3:15).

Fulfilled: “ ‘Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.’ But He said this to signify by what death He was about to die” (John 12:31-33).

2) The Messiah would be cut off, but not for Himself, as prophesied by Daniel.
Prophesied: And after sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off but not for Himself” (Dan.9:26).

Fulfilled: “ ‘Nor consider that it is better for us that one man die for the people, than that the whole nation should perish.’ Now he did not say this of himself, but being high priest that year, prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation; and not for the nation only, but also that He might gather together into one the children of God who were scattered abroad” (John 11:50- 52).

3) The betrayal of Jesus by Judas was foretold by David.
Prophesied: Even a man, my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread, has lifted up his heel against me” (Psa. 41:9).

Fulfilled: “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order that he might deliver Him up to them. And after hearing this, they were delighted and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray Him” (Mark 14:10-11).

4) Jesus Christ would be forsaken by His disciples, as prophesied by Zechariah.

Prophesied: “ ‘Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, and against the Man who is My compan- ion,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘Strike the Shepherd [Jesus], and the sheep shall be scattered’ ” (Zech. 13:7).

Fulfilled: “Then they all forsook Him and fled” (Mark 14:50).
5) The price of His betrayal was also foretold by Zechariah.
Prophesied: And I said to them, ‘If it is good, give me my price; and if not, let it go.’ So they weighed my price—thirty pieces of silver” (Zech. 11:12).

Fulfilled: And said, ‘What are you willing to give me, and I will deliver Him up to you?’ And they offered him thirty pieces of silver” (Matt. 26:15).

6) Zechariah also foretold what would be done with the betrayal money.

Prophesied: And the LORD said to me, ‘Throw it to the potter’—the princely price at which I was valued by them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD” (Zech. 11:13).

Fulfilled: “Now when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He was condemned, he changed his mind and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, saying, ‘I have sinned and have betrayed innocent blood.’ But they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it your- self.’ And after throwing down the pieces of silver in the temple, he went out and hanged him- self. But the chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, ‘It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood.’ And after taking counsel, they bought a potter’s field with the pieces of silver, for a burial ground for strangers” (Matt. 27:3-7).

7) Isaiah prophesied that Jesus Christ would be sacrificed as the Passover Lamb of God.

Prophesied: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter…” (Isa. 53:7).

Fulfilled: “For Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us” (I Cor. 5:7). “Knowing that you were not redeemed by corruptible things … but by the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot; Who truly was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but was manifested in these last times for your sakes” (I Pet. 1:18-20).

8) Isaiah also prophesied the scourging and mocking that He would suffer.
Prophesied: I gave My back to the smiters [scourgers], and My cheeks to them that plucked off the hair; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting” (Isa. 50:6).

Fulfilled: “Then he released Barabbas to them; but after scourging Jesus, he delivered Him up so that He might be crucified. Then the governor’s soldiers, after taking Jesus with them into the Praetorium, gathered the entire band against Him; and they stripped Him and put a scarlet cloak around Him. And after platting a crown of thorns, they put it on His head; and a rod in His right hand; and bowing on their knees before Him, they mocked Him, and kept on saying, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ Then, after spitting on Him, they took the rod and struck Him on the head” (Matt. 27:26-30).

9) Both Isaiah and David prophesied that Jesus’ body would be mutilated.

Prophesied: Many were astonished at Him—for His body was so disfigured—even His form beyond that of the sons of men” (Isa. 52:14). “I can count all My bones; they look and gloat over Me” (Psa. 22:17).

Fulfilled: “But after scourging Jesus, he delivered Him up so that He might be crucified” (Matt. 27:26). “Then Pilate therefore took Jesus and scourged Him” (John 19:1). 2

10) David prophesied the shame and dishonor that Jesus would suffer, being condemned as a criminal.

Prophesied: [The] reproaches of those who reproached You have fallen upon Me…. You have known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor; my enemies are all before You. Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; and I looked for sympathy, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none” (Psa. 69:9, 19-20).

Fulfilled: “At that point Jesus said to the crowd, ‘Have you come out to take Me with swords and clubs, as against a robber?’ ” (Matt. 26:55) “They answered and said, ‘He is deserving of death!’ ” (Matt. 26:66)

11) David also foretold that false witnesses would testify against Christ.
Prophesied: Cruel witnesses rose up; they asked me of things that I knew nothing about” (Psa.35:11).

Fulfilled: “And the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find testimony against Jesus, to put Him to death; but they did not find any. For many bore false witness against Him, but their testimonies did not agree. And some rose up and bore false witness against Him, say- ing…” (Mark 14:55-57).

12) Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would not make an effort to defend Himself at the trial.

Prophesied: He was oppressed, and He was afflicted; yet He opened not His mouth. He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter; and as a sheep before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth” (Isa. 53:7).

Fulfilled: “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Don’t You hear how many things they testify against You?’ And He did not answer even one word to him, so that the governor was greatly amazed” (Matt. 27:13-14).

13) Isaiah also foretold Jesus Christ’s crucifixion as the sin offering for the world.

Prophesied: Surely He has borne our infirmities, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we ourselves are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned each one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all…. Yet the LORD willed to crush Him and He has put Him to grief: You shall make His life an offering for sin. He shall see His seed; He shall prolong His days, and that the purpose of the LORD might prosper in His hand. He shall see of the travail of His soul. He shall be fully satisfied. By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; and He shall bear their iniquities” (Isa. 53:4-6, 10-11).

Fulfilled: “Therefore, he then delivered Him up to them so that He might be crucified. Now they took Jesus and led Him away; and He went out bearing His own cross to the place called ‘A Skull,’ which is called in Hebrew, ‘Golgotha’; where they crucified Him, and with Him two oth- ers, one on this side and one on the other side, and Jesus in the middle. Now Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross. And it was written, ‘Jesus the Nazarean, the King of the Jews’ ” (John 19:16-19).

14) As Isaiah had prophesied, He was numbered among lawbreakers.

Prophesied: He was counted among the transgressors…” (Isa. 53:12).

Fulfilled: “And also two other malefactors were led away with Him to be put to death. And when they came to the place called ‘Skull,’ there they crucified Him and the malefactors, one on the right and one on the left” (Luke 23:32-33).

15) David prophesied that His hands and His feet would be pierced.
Prophesied: Dogs have surrounded Me; a band of evildoers have encircled me; they have pierced My hands and My feet…” (Psa. 22:16).

Fulfilled: “And they crucified Him” (Mark 15:25). “Then the other disciples said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’ But he said to them, ‘If I do not see the nail marks in His hands, and put my finger into the nail marks, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe at all!’ Now after eight days, His disciples were within, and Thomas with them. After the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace to you.’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Bring forth your finger, and see My hands; and bring forth your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbe- lieving, but believing’ ” (John 20:25-27).

16) The parting of His garments was also prophesied by David.
Prophesied: They divide My garments among them and cast lots upon My vesture” (Psa.

22:18).

Fulfilled: “Then they said to one another, ‘Let us not tear it, but let us cast lots for it to deter- mine whose it shall be’; that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which says, ‘They divided My gar- ments among them, and they cast lots for My vesture.’ Therefore the soldiers did these things” (John 19:24).

17) In another psalm, David prophesied that they would give Him vinegar to drink.
Prophesied: They also gave Me gall for My food; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink” (Psa. 69:21).

Fulfilled: “They gave Him vinegar mingled with gall to drink; but after tasting it, He would not drink” (Matt. 27:34).

18) David also prophesied that many would be watching Jesus during the crucifixion. Prophesied: They look and gloat over Me” (Psa. 22:17).

Fulfilled: “And the guards sat down there to guard Him” (Matt. 27:36). “And all the people who were gathered together to this sight, after seeing the things that took place, beat their breasts and returned” (Luke 23:48).

19) Among those watching would be Jesus’ family and friends, who would stand at a distance. Prophesied: My loved ones and my friends stand apart from my plague; and my neighbors stand far off” (Psa. 38:11).

Fulfilled: “Now all those who knew Him stood afar off observing these things, the women also who followed Him from Galilee” (Luke 23:49).

20) Some of His observers would shake their heads at Him.

Prophesied: And I also became a reproach to them when they looked upon me; they shook their heads” (Psa. 109:25).

Fulfilled: “But those who were passing by railed at Him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!” (Matt. 27:39-40)

21) Even the words of His reproachers were prophesied by David.
Prophesied: He trusted on the LORD; let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, since He delights in Him!” (Psa. 22:8).

Fulfilled: “ ‘He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him; for He said, “I am the Son of God.” ’ And the two robbers who were also crucified with Him reproached Him with the same words” (Matt. 27:43-44).

22) Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would make intercession for sinners. This intercession began even during His crucifixion.

Prophesied: He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for transgressors” (Isa. 53:12). Fulfilled: “Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not understand what they are doing.’ And they divided His garments, and cast lots” (Luke 23:34).

23) David prophesied the thoughts of Jesus at the height of His suffering.

Prophesied: My God, my God, why have You forsaken me, and why are You so far from help- ing me, and from the words of my groaning?” (Psa. 22:1.)

Fulfilled: “And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ That is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’ ” (Matt. 27:46).

24) Zechariah prophesied that His body would be pierced with a spear.

Prophesied: And they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced…” (Zech. 12:10).

Fulfilled: “But one of the soldiers had pierced His side with a spear, and immediately wa- ter and blood had come out….And again another scripture says, ‘They shall look upon Him Whom they pierced’ ” (John 19:34, 37).

25) David prophesied that Jesus would commit His spirit to God.

Prophesied: Into Your hand I commit my spirit…” (Psa. 31:5).

Fulfilled: “And after crying out with a loud voice, Jesus said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ And when He had said these things, He expired” (Luke 23:46).

26) David also prophesied Jesus’ last words.
Prophesied: They shall come and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall yet be born, that He has done this” (Psa. 22:31). The Hebrew literally reads, “For it is finished.” Fulfilled: “Therefore, when Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, ‘It is finished.’ And after bowing His head, He yielded up His spirit” (John 19:30).

27) As no bone of the Passover lamb was to be broken (Ex. 12:46), not a bone of His would be broken.

Prophesied: He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken” (Psa. 34:20).

Fulfilled: “Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first one, and the legs of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs….For these things took place so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, ‘Not a bone of Him shall be broken’ ” (John 19:32-33, 36).

28) His burial in the tomb of a rich man was foretold by Isaiah.

Prophesied: By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and with His generation who did consider that He was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of My people He was stricken? And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; although He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth” (Isa. 53:8-9).

Fulfilled: “And when evening was coming on, a rich man of Arimathea came, named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. After going to Pilate, he begged to have the body of Je- sus. [Jesus would otherwise have been buried among the criminals.] Then Pilate commanded the body to be given over to him. And after taking the body, Joseph wrapped it in clean linen cloth, and placed it in his new tomb which he had hewn in the rock; and after rolling a great stone to the door of the tomb, he went away” (Matt. 27:57-60).

 

 

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The Obama admin is delaying the Keystone XL review process through the election. Yes, again.

The déjà vu is smacking me in the face right now. Just take a quick gander at this NYT piece from November of 2011, and then soak in the similarities of the latest from Time:

The State Department said Friday that while the public comment period will not be extended, executive agencies need more time to review the submitted comments as well as consider a Nebraska court case surrounding the pipeline. The indefinite extension could put off a decision on the pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canadian tar sands to American refineries, until after November’s midterm elections.

“On April 18, 2014, the Department of State notified the eight federal agencies specified in Executive Order 13337 we will provide more time for the submission of their views on the proposed Keystone Pipeline Project,” the department said in a statement. “Agencies need additional time based on the uncertainty created by the on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court which could ultimately affect the pipeline route in that state. In addition, during this time we will review and appropriately consider the unprecedented number of new public comments, approximately 2.5 million, received during the public comment period that closed on March 7, 2014.

“The Permit process will conclude once factors that have a significant impact on determining the national interest of the proposed project have been evaluated and appropriately reflected in the decision documents,” the State Department statement continued. “The Department will give the agencies sufficient time to submit their views.”

Which is to say, “the Permit process will conclude” whenever we damn well please.

Back in February, a judge in Nebraska ruled that the administrative channels through which the state had completed its own environmental impact report (which concluded that the pipeline would pose “minimal” risks to Nebraska’s environment, by the way) and subsequently approved the pipeline were void, due to a relatively recent law change that meant the pipeline’s final approving authority should have rested with the Nebraska Public Service Commission rather than the governor. The judge was careful to note that the decision had “nothing to do with the merits” of the pipeline, but was rather a state constitutional matter. The Obama administration is essentially using the issue to excuse punting the pipeline past yet another clutch election — but what in the world an internal dispute in Nebraska has to do with the State Department’s umpteenth review of whether the pipeline is of a net national benefit… has not yet been sufficiently explained to us.

Since Obama reportedly told a group of bipartisan governors he’d be making a decision within a few months in February, I’ve been leaning toward the theory that President Obama will wring every last possible Democratic donation dollar out of the wealthy, Manhattan-and-California-based, Tom Steyer-ish green aristocratic set before finally approving the pipeline shortly before the election — the better to provide a last-minute lift to vulnerable red-state Democrats like Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana — but it sounds like I spoke way too soon. Approving the pipeline would indeed infuriate the aforementioned radical eco-contingent; they may be few, but they are well-monied and their useful-idiot followers are obnoxiously energized. No need to risk that kind of concentrated backlash, and of course, abiding by their wishes and rejecting the pipeline could be directly harmful for those vulnerable Dems (since, you know, almost two-thirds of America approves of the project, no big deal or anything).

Nope — the most politically pusillanimous course of continued delay could very well mean the least net damage for the White House here, so why not just keep making up convenient excuses as they go along and telling Canada to go jump in a lake? I suppose that when Obama told those governors he’d be making a decision “one way or the other in a couple of months,” he was just casually, carelessly, dishonestly putting them off, too — just like the rest of us.

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Snowden: I asked Putin that softball question on surveillance to start a public debate in Russia

And you know how famous Russia is for robust public debate.

The investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, perhaps the single most prominent critic of Russia’s surveillance apparatus (and someone who has repeatedly criticised me in the past year), described my question as “extremely important for Russia”. It could, he said, “lift a de facto ban on public conversations about state eavesdropping.”

Others have pointed out that Putin’s response appears to be the strongest denial of involvement in mass surveillance ever given by a Russian leader – a denial that is, generously speaking, likely to be revisited by journalists…

When this event comes around next year, I hope we’ll see more questions on surveillance programs and other controversial policies. But we don’t have to wait until then. For example, journalists might ask for clarification as to how millions of individuals’ communications are not being intercepted, analysed or stored, when, at least on a technical level, the systems that are in place must do precisely that in order to function. They might ask whether the social media companies reporting that they have received bulk collection requests from the Russian government are telling the truth.

The most interesting thing about this is how different the tone of the op-ed is from his interaction with Putin on TV. In the Guardian, which caters to an English-speaking western audience, he insists that he asked the question about surveillance because he knew that it “cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program.” He knew there’d be “serious inconsistences” in Putin’s “evasive” answer; he even links to this Guardian piece published before the Olympics confirming that, yes indeed, Russia conducts mass surveillance. Essentially, Snowden’s spinning his pattycake session with Czar Vladimir yesterday as some sort of J’Accuse because that’s the image that he needs his defenders in the west to believe.

On Russian TV, though, at a press event Putin organized for domestic consumption, all of that was absent. Snowden asked, straightforwardly, whether Putin conducts NSA-style surveillance and the czar, true to form, cheerily lied. Which is how it had to be: He couldn’t have asked an accusatory question because the Kremlin doesn’t allow robust debate, especially on state media and especially when Putin’s busy nurturing a nationalist siege mentality vis-a-vis the west over Ukraine. Imagine watching that exchange as a Russian citizen and seeing a guy who fled to Russia for safe haven from the sinister United States asking Putin placidly whether he spies on innocents, before being reassured that he doesn’t. What would you take from that? Would it make you suspicious of Russian surveillance, or would you be impressed that Putin’s willing to field a question like this from a dissident whom even the U.S. government couldn’t tolerate? Snowden wants you to believe that he somehow put Putin on the spot, but if he’d truly done that, you can guess what would have happened to him:

Putin’s approach to propaganda has been to tightly control television—which, in most of Russia, is the only media there is—while granting wider latitude to the remote and unpopular elites who communicate in print and online. Snowden is now taking part in this process. He played the dutiful courtier on TV, where he was seen by tens of millions of Russians; he expressed his tentative and circuitous criticisms in an English-language foreign newspaper.

Yet even in print and in English, Snowden is participating in and lending his support to a massive lie. Russian journalists will not “revisit” (as he puts it) the truthfulness of Putin’s answers. Russian journalists who do that end up dead, in at least 56 cases since 1992. Anna Politkovskaya, the journalist who pressed Putin hardest, was shot dead in her own apartment building in 2006, after years of repeated arrests, threats, and in one case, attempted poisoning.

As for “civil society”: Snowden is writing at a time when Russian forces have invaded and conquered Crimea. Russian-backed forces have attacked and abducted journalists on the peninsula and shut down independent news outlets. People who have resisted the annexation have disappeared, then reappeared dead, bearing signs of torture. To write about Russia as a normal state, in which normal methods exist for discovering and discussing truth, is to share culpability for a lie—and a lie that, at this very moment, is shattering the peace and security of all of Europe.

Right. Snowden’s core value as a propaganda asset is to let people like Putin claim moral equivalence with the United States in all matters of civil liberties by claiming equivalence (or superiority, per Putin) on surveillance matters in particular. It’s not true, but it’s useful. The irony of Snowden insisting that he somehow trapped Putin in a lie is that Putin’s spoken approvingly of NSA surveillance before, in his own state media, and on more than one occasion. Last summer, shortly after Snowden’s leaks began, he called mass surveillance “generally practicable” and said that as long as there are some legal safeguards, “That’s more or less the way a civilized society should go about fighting terrorism with modern-day technology.” Six months later, in December 2013, he said that the NSA program is needed to fight terrorism and quasi-joked that he envies Obama for being able to get away with it. He’s not telling Russians, in other words, that mass surveillance is a grievous abuse with little use in protecting the state; he’s telling them the opposite — in which case, how damaging would it really be if Snowden’s dream came true and Putin’s lie was exposed? If, somehow, Russian media did feel emboldened enough to uncover Russian surveillance and, for whatever reason, they weren’t censored or killed, what leads Snowden to think there’d be a massive outcry? Putin would simply justify it as necessary to fight the west’s campaign of subversion and most of the public would go along. Either Snowden knows that or he doesn’t, but he asked his question anyway. Which is worse?

Exit question for Russia experts: Would a population whose adults grew up in the Soviet Union really be that sensitive to revelations that they’re being spied on en masse by Moscow? Don’t they assume they’re being spied on already and that Putin’s lying to them, just as their leaders always have?

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Rand Paul to Harry Reid: Simmer down with the “domestic terrorist” rhetoric about Bundy’s supporters

A postscript to Ed’s item earlier. “I don’t think calling people names is going to calm this down,” says Paul. “I think it’s liable to stir it up.” That’s the point, though, right? That’s what Harry Reid does, especially in election years. He’s a sh*t-stirrer, regardless of who suffers from it. Sometimes that means smearing Mitt Romney as a tax cheat, sometimes it means conducting a daily Two Minutes Hate against the Koch brothers on the Senate floor. There have always been two theories about this. One is that he simply enjoys fighting dirty and is secure enough in his seat that he can afford to be indifferent to criticism. He’s a honey badger, and honey badger don’t care. The other theory is that his demagoguery is calculated for electoral gain, i.e. he chooses a target and subject which he thinks Democrats can exploit for votes (and money) and then does his best to create something combustible from it. In this case, it might be literally combustible. Honey badger don’t care. Senate seats are what’s really important.

Meanwhile, it’s interesting that Rand Paul’s the only major presidential contender to touch this subject so far. (Huckabee has too but he’s less likely to run than Paul is.) You can understand why the others are reluctant: Bundy’s said “I don’t recognize the United States government as even existing,” a position that’s out of the mainstream by both GOP and tea-party standards, and his supporters do in fact include some bona fide militia types. Potentially there’s a lot more to be lost here politically as a candidate by taking a strong stand on his behalf than there is to be gained — especially for Paul, who’s already destined to be attacked as a kook in both the primaries and the general election if he’s nominated. (The Free Beacon has a new attack along those lines today, in fact.) He does a solid job here, though, emphasizing that his first concern is peaceful resolution of the standoff and calling for the feds to transfer more of their land holdings to the states to avoid situations like this. That’s a boutique but appealing straing of federalism; even lefties could get behind the idea of selling federal property in the name of raising revenue. Expect Rubio, Cruz, and anyone else in the presumptive field to follow Paul’s lead on this when some reporter finally corners them with a question.

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Another WACO in the Making? Social Media is the Game Changer!

Another WACO in the Making? Social Media is the Game Changer!

Posted by lamarzulli on April 16, 2014

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Ron Paul Warns Feds Could Launch Waco-Style Assault Against Bundy

http://www.infowars.com/ron-paul-warns-feds-could-launch-waco-style-assault-against-bundy/

Harry Reid: Ranch standoff ‘not over’

http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/cliven-bundy-ranch-standoff-bureau-of-land-management-harry-reid-105695.html

Harry Reid: The Desert Fox Of Corruption

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/041514-697268-bundy-ranch-harry-reid-rory-reid.htm

“A tortoise isn’t the reason why BLM is harassing a 67-year-old rancher; they want his land,” journalist and blogger Dana Loesch notes. “The tortoise wasn’t of concern when Harry Reid worked with BLM to literally change the boundaries of the tortoise’s habitat to accommodate the development of his top donor, Harvey Whittemore.”

Over the weekend the BLM backed down and the cattle which had been taken from rancher Bundy’s were returned to him.  Lot’s of folks sang God bless America and many of these good people returned to their homes.  However, more is to be done as the FEDS have not really backed off.  (See links above)  Ron Paul knows the way the game is played and he’s warning us of a WACO style raid coming against the Bundy ranch.  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/waco/

The WACO raid has been controversial as women and children were killed when a fire engulfed the compound where the Branch Dravidians had been holed up in a stand-off with the FEDS for weeks.  It remains in dispute as to how the fire started.  Was it some pyrotechnic device fired by a tank that was seen at the back of the compound?  Perhaps, like the Kennedy assassination we’ll never really know the truth.

We have one dynamic in play now that WACO and the Kennedy assassination did not have and it social media and the Internet.  Almost everyone has a cell phone that can take video.   News and information travel freely and is not controlled by an elite group of people.  A perfect example of this, is this blog.  I’m writing this and so far I’m not being censored.

A formal investigation has to be set in motion against Harry Reid.  Is he involved?  Is there a deal with the Chinese?  What about those Tortoises?  Is Reid’s son involved?  Is this at the very least cronyism?

In closing todays post:  What we saw over the weekend was the heavy hand of our government going up against a lone rancher.  They would have won the contest and Bundy would have lost his cattle and most likely his livelihood.  If not for the people coming to his aid the story would have turned out much differently.  Social media enabled and connected everyone who came to the Bundy’s aid.  Think about it.

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Report: That recent deceleration in healthcare spending? Yeah, that’s probably over

For about a decade, the rate at which healthcare costs inflate has been slowing down markedly, with an especial plateau in the last several years (from 2009 to 2012, the rate stayed at just under 4 percent) — a slowdown for which ObamaCare’s supporters have almost bizarrely been heard taking credit. The general downward trend in price growth is attributable to various advances in the healthcare system over the years, and the recent plateau is almost certainly due to the economic recession that had a lot of people declining/deferring healthcare services they might otherwise consume if their belts weren’t so tight. That’s exactly why I find it so weird that any advocate for the president’s crowning legislative achievement would try to assign the law the credit for the slowdown: It makes it much harder for them to dissociate any future price acceleration from the law, and since ObamaCare directly incentivizes a whole lotta’ people to consume healthcare services they wouldn’t otherwise, that’s going to be a particularly tough task.

A new report is suggesting that healthcare spending rates started to tick back upward again in 2013, probably thanks to a somewhat less sluggish economy, and that the return to the fast-growing pricing trend may be just around the corner. Via the LA Times:

A historic slowdown in U.S. healthcare spending in recent years may be drawing to a close.

An industry report published Tuesday and healthcare experts point to a steady rise in medical care being sought by consumers seeing specialists, getting more prescriptions filled and visiting the hospital. Other factors such as millions of newly insured Americans seeking treatment for the first time and higher prices from healthcare consolidation could also help drive up costs.

Experts aren’t predicting an immediate return to double-digit increases in medical spending. But the emerging trend underscores how difficult it will be for policymakers, employers and health plans to control healthcare costs going forward. …

David Gruber, director of healthcare research at Alvarez Marsal, said he’s expecting a similar trend of higher demand coupled with consolidation among hospitals and large physician groups pushing up prices. He said the demand for services is being driven by an influx of Obamacare enrollees, aging baby boomers and people with chronic conditions who can no longer delay care.

“At some point you can’t defer anymore,” Gruber said. Health spending “isn’t going up by double digits, but it could spike to 6% or 7%.”

There are going to be so many factors a play here in the next few years that it’ll be difficult to sort out exactly what is causing what, but it’s worth noting that the pricing slowdown the Obama administration has been using as a PR tactic is likely to get obliterated largely by their own program as the demand increases and puts more strain on the system — and, hence, that the government-mandated expansion of health insurance is not necessarily going to equate with increased access or quality care for more people.

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Why not Mike Pence in 2016?

If you’re wondering why this otherwise prosaic Bloomberg piece about Pence’s national future begins with a mention of the Koch brothers, it’s probably because the guy who wrote it worked for Paul Sarbanes and, briefly, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz before resuming his career as an impartial reporter.

But never mind that. Is Pence the dark horse?

“I have no doubt that he would make a great president,” said Steven Chancellor, the chief executive officer of Evansville, Indiana-based American Patriot Group, the parent of a company that makes ready-to-eat rations for the Pentagon. “He certainly distinguished himself in the House” and is “off to a great start as governor.”…

He spoke at the Washington-based Club for Growth’s annual conference in Florida in February and, during a trade visit to Europe this week, he is expected to criticize President Barack Obama for failing to counter the annexation of Crimea by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Five years ago, Pence scolded Obama for revising President George W. Bush’s missile defense plan in Eastern Europe because Russia opposed it…

Pence has won praise from small-government conservatives for taking action in Indiana to back away from Common Core education standards supported by another potential Republican candidate, Florida’s Bush. The Washington-based Heritage Foundation, in a Facebook posting, applauded him for rejecting Common Core.

His allies say Pence has developed bonds with the major constituencies within the Republican Party — the small-government crowd, anti-abortion rights groups, and defense hawks — without alienating business-oriented voters.

He’s well-known to grassroots righties as a full-spectrum conservative — socially, fiscally, and hawkish on defense. I remember commenters pleading with him in both 2008 and 2012 to jump in and spare them the agony of another squishy nominee. That would have been tough at the time, when he was known only for being a member of the House; famously, no congressman’s won the White House since Garfield in the 19th century. Now, though, he’s got a year of experience as governor of a midwestern swing state and will have two more years under his belt by the time Iowa votes in 2016. In fact, I believe he’s the only potential candidate in the GOP field who’s served as both the chief executive of a state and a federal legislator. He knows his way around in a way that none of his rivals do.

What’s his niche in the field if he decides to run, though? He might be too conservative for centrists who are more comfortable with Jeb or Christie, especially on immigration. He might be too hawkish and right-wing on social issues for libertarians who like Paul. And he might be too low-key for tea partiers who prefer Cruz. There’s a chance, I think, that he and Jindal would end up in the same box, as guys who are respected on all sides but who fail to excite any single constituency to the degree needed to build a movement. I see him as a potential compromise candidate if the party ends up deadlocked between the centrist champion and the tea-party champion — but then, I also see Scott Walker in the same role. Who wins if Walker and Pence end up competing to be white knight/dark horse that rescues the GOP from a bitter fight between Jeb and Rand at the eleventh hour? My hunch is that Walker does because he won the battle of Armageddon in Wisconsin, but that depends on how important immigration is in the primaries. I think Pence is more of a hawk than Walker is; he’s been a reliable borders-first guy whereas Walker is … more complicated. If Walker ends up struggling because of immigration, maybe Pence is the answer. They may be the only two guys with a legit shot to win who can play with both the establishment and the base.

Is the post-Paul GOP ready to nominate a guy, though, who not only supported invading Iraq but cast a vote in Congress to do so? Hillary did too, of course, but Hillary will back far, far away from that vote in the general election. Will Pence?

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Biofuels producers: No really, this is the year biofuels are going to take off, for serious

I mentioned the other day that, to the detriment of just about everyone involved, the Environmental Protection Agency is still considering whether or not they really will follow through with their proposal to reduce the gasoline-ethanol blending volumes required by the Renewable Fuel Standard, first enacted by 2007, to avoid running the oil industry up against the “blend wall” (the ten percent ethanol threshold beyond which a lot of cars and trucks on the road won’t be able to cope with the biofueled gas). Big Ethanol, of course, has been complaining that this is just a load of waffle invented by Big Oil to artificially stymie competition — but people in glass houses really shouldn’t be in the business of throwing stones, you know? Via the NYT:

“It’s very frustrating,” said Christopher Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa. “The whole purpose of the Renewable Fuel Standard was to encourage investment to create brand-new technologies that would help the United States become more energy-independent and use cleaner and more efficient fuels. We feel like we are just on the verge of doing that and now the E.P.A. is talking about changing the rules.” …

The energy act’s goal of reaching 21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels by 2022 is now considered virtually unreachable, even by biofuel enthusiasts. “It would take an enormous effort of deploying capital and labor and engineering,” said Paul Winters, a spokesman for the Biotechnology Industry Organization. …

But biofuel producers and lobbyists say the country needs more of their product. “Cellulosic biofuel has the promise to deliver tens of billions of gallons of ethanol to the United States, but there needs to be a market for that,” Brian Foody, president and chief executive of the Canadian biofuel company Iogen, told reporters in a recent conference call by industry executives discussing the impact of the E.P.A. proposal. “We believe it’s critical for E.P.A. to create a segment or space in the market for E-85 to grow and to set numbers that will provide incentives.”

“There needs to be a market for that.” Yes, and since there obviously isn’t one, you need the federal government to artificially keep the fake one that’s already in place going.

But, this time, these biofuels producers are promising, they’re seriously super-duper close to developing the next best thing since sliced bread. Take this brand-new cellulosic ethanol plant they’re currently heralding as the wondrous future of biofuels:

But Abengoa, which received a $134 million loan guarantee from the Energy Department, will be first out of the gate, its plant beginning full operations by early May. The company plans to produce 25 million gallons of biofuel a year at the plant here and has already started a 21-megawatt electricity plant at the site powered by biomass.

Abengoa has developed a proprietary enzyme to mix with corn stalks and wheat straw to produce sugars that will then be fermented and distilled to produce cellulosic ethanol. That more efficient process can increase yields and decrease costs. Over the last four years, Abengoa has improved yields from 55 gallons of ethanol per ton of biomass to 80 gallons per ton.

You know what? Maybe Abengoa really will be all that and a bag of chips. …Or, maybe not, and it still won’t do nearly enough to make its product as attractive on its own competitive merits as other fuel sources. The point is, haven’t we “invested” quite enough taxpayer money and economic opportunity costs supporting costly and failed endeavors trying to find out?

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Whole Lot of Shaking Going On!

Whole Lot of Shaking Going On!

Posted by lamarzulli on April 14, 2014

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L. A. Marzulli

http://malaysiandigest.com/world/496945-strong-quake-hits-near-solomon-islands-tsunami-warning-cancelled.html

Almost 2000 years ago Jesus told us there would be earthquakes in diverse places, which would be one of the signs signaling His return.  I believe we are in the window of time Jesus warned us of.  The earth is shaking and people are beginning to take notice.

It amazes me that most people choose to ignore the signs, or prophecy that Jesus admonishes us would occur before his second coming.

Yesterday was Palm Sunday.  Most churches don’t teach the prophetic fulfillment that is associated with this day.  Instead many churches pass out palm leaves and the people take then but miss there significance.   The Pastor will talk about the triumphant entry, but the real meaning is most often lost in 2000 years of tradition.

When Jesus rode in on the donkey, he was fulfilling, to the second, the prophecy that is found in Daniel 9.  Messiah was riding in and the people of Jerusalem didn’t have a clue.  Later on Jesus weeps over the city saying:  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how I would have gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks but you did not know the days of your visitation.  

He is holding the nation of Israel, collectively responsible to know the time of the Messiah!  Heck, it was written in Daniel and all they had to do was keep track of the years Gabriel told them would pass before Messiah would come!  They missed and the rest is history.

However, we are also held accountable to know the season we are in, to watch for the signs of His coming and as Jesus tells us, to watch and be ready.

This brings me back to the earthquakes in diverse places.  Folks, it’s happening right in front of us.  When we take the other signs we are told will happen before the end: wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilence and troublesome times, surely these are the days He warned us would come.

In closing todays post:  There’s a whole lot of shaking going on and this should be a wake up call!  Make sure you tell a friend about what is happening.  Let’s be bold!  People need to know what is going on and what is coming.  What was foretold will unfold….

 

I’m on assignment and my flight got all screwed up!  I’m sitting in LAX with a 5 hour delay!  Oh well.

 

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Carville: If the GOP loses to Hillary in 2016, the Republican Party as we know it is finished

Via RCP, the key words are “as we know it.” The obvious rebuttal is that the Democratic Party “as we know it” didn’t go extinct in 1988 when it lost its third election in a row. It nominated a southern candidate in 1992 who tacked towards the center and ended up holding the White House for the rest of the decade. But Democrats then weren’t in the position that the GOP’s in now. There was no significant third-party movement-in-waiting on the left like there is on the right with the tea party. How many presidential losses will it take to cause a rupture?

Let’s say we nominate another establishment favorite; Jeb is the likeliest bet, but if he doesn’t run, it could be that the donor class lines up behind Christie and buys him the nomination. Imagine he loses to Hillary. Losing three presidential elections in a row with three candidates disdained by the GOP base guarantees some sort of shake-up for 2020. Either conservatives really will start leaving the party in droves or, in order to keep them in the tent, establishmentarians will have to throw them a bone and embrace a more grassroots candidate for the next election. The status quo, where the party perennially puts forth centrists while its core constituency clamors for someone more ideological, couldn’t continue. At a minimum, tea partiers would conclude that if they’re going to have their hearts broken every four years, they might as well do it with their own nominee, whom they respect, than climb aboard the GOP’s train to nowhere.

Now let’s say that tea partiers somehow manage to thwart the establishment this time. Imagine that Jeb falls flat for dynastic reasons, Christie flames out because of Bridgegate, and Rubio can’t get traction as a last-ditch back-up establishment choice. Ted Cruz stuns the world in Iowa and New Hampshire and wins the nomination — and then he loses to Hillary. Where does the party go from there? The base’s longstanding thesis, that the GOP would surely recapture the White House if it put forth a loud-and-proud “true conservative” as nominee, would be shattered. But centrists, having lost with McCain and Romney, wouldn’t be in a position to capitalize. I don’t know what happens to at that point (although grassroots righties would probably blame the RINOs for stabbing Cruz in the back and demand a do-over with another right-wing candidate next time), but the pressure on both sides to find a winning alternative in 2020 would be immense. Neither party has won four elections in a row in the age of presidential term limits. The idea that the GOP would change fundamentally somehow in order to prevent it isn’t entirely out of left field.

The X factor here is if it nominates Rand Paul in 2016 and he ends up losing. I can see both sides treating that as an aberration — establishmentarians would cite it as a lesson of what happens when you nominate someone beloved by the base and tea partiers would claim that Paul wasn’t a true conservative but rather a quirky libertarian whose eccentricities ultimately tripped him up. That would, in theory, reset the whole game for 2020, with centrists insisting that only a pro-amnesty hawk will play in the purple states and grassroots righties insisting that they still haven’t had a chance to see how one of their own, like Cruz or Palin, would fare as nominee. In that one (and only one) weird sense, Rand Paul is the guy most likely to preserve the Republican “status quo” until the end of the decade.

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Happy Tax Day eve: 54% say the income tax they pay is fair

It’s Monday and your taxes are due tomorrow. If you’re not already depressed, this should do the trick.

No, actually, this is more complicated than the headline makes it seem. It’s true that most Americans think their taxes are fair, says Gallup. It’s also true that fewer Americans think so than used to. In Dubya’s first year as president, this question split 51/46 in favor of those who think they pay a fair share. Then the first of the Bush tax cuts passed. The next year this question split 58/37, and then in 2003 (the year of the second Bush tax cuts) it was 64/33 and stayed at 60 percent or above for the duration of Bush’s presidency. Only since O was sworn in has it begun to dip, diving to 55/42 last year after the Bush cuts sunset and dipping a tiny bit further this year to 54/41. Obama’s slowly building a backlash.

Or is he? How to square this circle?

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I don’t know what to make of those independent numbers. I can understand feeling that your taxes are “fair” even if you think they’re too low. Some people may simply define “fair” in this context as not being made to pay more than they ought; by definition, then, if you think you should be paying 30 percent and you’re only paying 20, that qualifies as fair. To those people, only gross underpayment — five percent, say, instead of 30 — might rise to the level of “unfair.” How do you decide, though, that your taxes are fair if you think you’re paying too much? Is it an in-the-ballpark thing, i.e. you think you should be paying 30 percent and in reality you’re paying 35, which is a little high but not so much that you’d call it “unfair”? It’s weird to me that anyone would have such a precise sense of which marginal rate qualifies as fair and which doesn’t. Which makes me think that the opposite is true: These responses aren’t precise at all but rather knee-jerk reactions that needn’t be logically consistent. It’s like asking people if they think the feds spend too much, being told yes, and then discovering that there’s not a single item in the budget they’re willing to cut when you offer them options on how to reduce spending. “Do you pay too much in taxes?” “Sure!” “Is what you pay ‘fair’?” “Yeah, I … guess it’s basically fair.” Hmmmm.

Here’s the split by income. Same mystery with the lower class:

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That’s easier to understand. The less-than-$30K group may simultaneously (a) feel that what they’re paying now is a too-heavy burden to them and (b) know that they pay a lower rate than any other income group, which they regard as inherently “fair.” Whatever the answer, though, this same phenomenon has been true of the entire population overall since the turn of the century: Every year since 2000, a majority has said their taxes are fair — and yet, with only two exceptions, every year a majority has also said that they’re paying too much. In fact, despite the tax cuts of the last decade, a majority said they were paying too much in every year of the Bush presidency. That’s easy to explain — the lopsided Democratic numbers on the fairness question is dragging up the rest of the population — but it doesn’t explain the independent numbers up above. Odd.

Exit question: Only five percent of Democrats think they amount of taxes they pay is too low? I feel like I’ve encountered every one of them on Twitter over the years.

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Video: The most epic “Wheel of Fortune” choke ever

To cleanse the palate, if you missed this over the weekend, make amends. I thought I’d already seen the most epic “Wheel of Fortune” choke ever but now I’m not sure. Is this one worse than this one? They’re different types of chokes. In the earlier one, the contestant simply brain-farted on “MAG_C _AND.” He’d heard of a “magic wand” before, surely, but I think he got stuck mentally on the sound of the second word. He was looking for words that rhyme with “and” and “wand” just didn’t fit the bill. It was a legit screw-up.

This one is trickier. I can’t tell if the guy has no idea who Achilles is or that he knows who he is but doesn’t know how to pronounce his name. (Knowing what a word means but not knowing how it’s pronounced is a surprisingly common problem, right, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz?) When he chooses “C” for his final letter, it’s unclear if he picks it purely to complete the word “mythological” or because he knows it’s missing from “Achilles” too. Ideally you’d give the guy credit so long as he knows the definition of the word, not necessarily the pronunciation, but how do you go about finding that out in a game like this? What’s Sajak supposed to do, pause and ask the kid to describe in his own words who Achilles was?

Anyway.

A million dollars, guys. He had a million dollars riding on this. And as you’ll see if you have the patience to watch the entire clip, this wasn’t his only screw-up. He blew no fewer than three gimmes in the course of a single game. (“Dicespin”?) The “Achilles” miss is tragedy; three misses is comedy. Exit question: Is this worse than the most epic “Jeopardy” choke ever?

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Sunday Go To Meeting Bun! God’s not Dead!

God's not Dead!Synopsis

 How far would you go…to defend your belief in God?

Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo). Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God? Wouldn’t it just be easier just to write “God Is Dead” and put the whole incident behind him? GOD’S NOT DEAD weaves together multiple stories of faith, doubt and disbelief, culminating in a dramatic call to action. The film will educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions.

This may be the first movie which became the subject of the Sunday Bun.  The Wifey and I saw it last night.  I have two words for the film.  Push back!  What I mean is we are surrounded by the Darwinian paradigm, both in academia and the scientific community.  Our kids have Darwinism and by default atheism pounded into their head in middle school!  God’s not Dead, is push back against the prevailing paradigm.  I think it’s brilliant and while catered mostly for a college crowd, I found myself cheering for the Christian Freshman who chooses to defend the reality of a good God rather than write on a paper that God is dead.

Is God DeadI remember when I was a kid and Time magazine had a cover which posited that God was dead!  When I saw it my stomach knotted up.  I wasn’t a Christian then, but deep down I knew it was a false statement.

God’s not Dead, pushes back against Darwinism and says, not all of us are buying into this hooey that you’ve been ramming down our throats for the last 150 years or so!
In my presentations I often create a fictional account of a freshman college student, in class with a professor who is an atheist.  The exchange goes something like this.

College Professor:  Is anyone in the class religious, or more precisely a Christian?

Student:  Yes, I am sir.

College Professor:  Oh.  Well is God good?

Student:  Yes, sir all the time.

College Professor:  Then if God is good why does he command Joshua and Caleb to kill everyone in the promised land, including women and children?

Student:  I ‘m not sure sir.

College Professor:  Well, your god doesn’t sound good to me and in fact he favors one group of people over the other, isn’t that racism?

Student:  I suppose it is sir.

College Professor:  And isn’t the killing of men, women and children genocide?

Student:  Yes sir.

College Professor:  So your God is not good, is he?

At this point the class is laughing and the student has sunk in his chair.  However if the student knew about the Nephilim his answers would have been completely different and he could have hoist the professor on his own petard!

He could have answered this way.  The reason for the mandate to kill the men, women and children in the Levant is because they are not human.  They are the hybrid offspring of fallen angels and the women of the earth, called the Nephilim.  They were an abomination in the site of a holy god as the Fallen One seeks to contaminate the human g-nome in order to hamper the birth of Messiah.  Bully for you!

In closing todays Bun:  While the credits are rolling at the end of the movie there is a list of law suits which have been adjudicated because of blatant discrimination by professors who have an anti=Christian bias.  The movie is being panned by the critics, and while it is blatantly evangelical in its presentation and somewhat predictable, it is nevertheless push back against the prevailing Darwinian paradigm which is a system without hope for mankind.  God’s not Dead!

 

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